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He greets the femalebank teller warmly, before getting down to a business conversation,and at the film's end, when the hero and the teller get good financialnews, they reach out and grasp each other's hands warmly.

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listen to both sides of an argument": , heroine supports looking at both sides of an argument: , open minds, and not making snap judgements: , "Don't ever be scared to ask questions": , evil Colonel tries to suppress thinking and communication: , don't jump to conclusions, don't be "prejudiced" against alleged felons: , "I never make snap judgments about strangers": )Non-conformist Heroes - and bonding with men and women:Society and economics:Personal desires - with social consequences:


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The Captain of the Free Rangers, and his adopted son and second-in-command, played by Baker, form a pair that will run through Lewis: the middle-aged man who runs some Government institution, and his young, good-looking deputy.


At first the men are puzzled by the mystery.

I was laughing at an "inside" joke here, but audiencesin 1961 did not know this about Lewis, and presumably one hasto take this as a serious piece of composition.

Few other film directors would structure a story this way.

Circular camera movements. At the start of the wrestlingmatch in the saloon, there are two camera movements, one afterthe other, that each circle a small arc around the combatants.

In (1941), Mugs is taking the rap fora crime committed by a friend.

A Change of Identity. Lewis characters tend to change theiridentity, sometimes voluntarily as part of heroes' undercoverpolice roles (, ,), or crooks with schemes (, , ), othertimes through coercion (, ).

Mugs does not believe in squealingon others, to defend himself.

A Care-taking sister. The sister takes care of the mentallyill hero, like the hero's sister who is in charge of him at thebeginning of The Gun Cult. Abe gives young Mark a gun, despite Lucas'misgivings.

When I saw this film, I expectedone of two things might happen.

During the final gunfight, the hero, Lucas and Mark all move separatelyfrom the back of the screen to the foreground. (1961) shows so many of Lewis' themes, thatit is virtually an illustrated catalogue of Lewisiana.

But neither of these events happen.

However, while isa highly original work of liberal social criticism, the conventionalpolitics-of-the-military of merely celebratebravery and attack cowardice.

Danny's shrewd,clever deductions finally allow truth to come out.

When Mark rides up to the ranch, first we see him through onedoor of the barn, then the camera pans inside the barn, till wesee Mark riding outside through a second door.